1st XV Flying Start v BAC
Minchinhampton 1st played their second league fixture of the season against Bristol Aeroplane Company (BAC) at Hollybush.
After a frustrating loss to Bream, Minch were looking for an immediate response. From the start the intensity and pace Minch played at was too much for BAC, strong ball carries from the backs lead to an early score for captain Sean Price, conversion from fullback Will Goodwin 7-0 after 4 mins. The restart brought another wave of Minch pressure with Mike Tindall carrying strongly before a clever offload to Tom Goulding to score, conversion made it 14-0 after just 7 mins. BAC responded well putting Minch on the back foot in there own 22. A series of outstanding defensive tackles held BAC at bay. A clearing kick lead to a turnover at the lineout and Minch attacked again. A seemingly endless passage of play were neither side could assert their dominance was broken by a scrum turnover and clever backs play leading to the Minch 5 Ian Williams scoring from close range, conversion was good for a 21-0 lead. Again BAC responded using their big forwards to make yardage, before some good pace and great handoff allowed the BAC 12 to score under the posts 21-7 half time.
Theh late first half score reinvigorated BAC putting Minch under immediate defensive pressure, a turnover and clearing kick lead to BAC lineout. They worked the ball up field using a driving maul before releasing their No 8 to score 21-14 on 46 minutes. With the score line now close both sides tried to gain the upper hand again, a series of knock-ons and penalty awards lead to BAC reducing to lead to 21-17. BAC threw everything they had at Minch, the defense holding strong. A couple of Minch attacks just fell short with a knock on or good defensive work from BAC. The game was tense and not helped with a try for BAC struck off as the ref could not see the grounding. This woke Minch up, a series of carries from the tireless Minch pack led to Tom Jenns scoring out wide on 72 mins, score now 26-17. BAC determined to get something from the game played the final few minutes well but once again the Minch defence standing up. An excellent game of rugby played by two attacking minded sides finished with both teams out on their feet. Minch travel to Cheltenham Civil Service for a cup game next with confidence following a promising pre-season and good start to the league.